by Paula Johanson
Rally in Sooke for Fairy Creek
Sooke residents are gathering in support of Fairy Creek on Saturdays at 11:00 am, joined by friends from Greater Victoria.
The third weekly rally was held on April 24 on the boulevard by Edward Milne Community School. Drivers passing by the rally honked their horns and waved in support. Seventy local residents held signs saying “Ban Old Growth Logging” and “Worth More Standing.”
Logging old-growth timber, as logging company Teal-Jones is doing at the headwaters of Fairy Creek, is an issue hotly debated in the region.
While there is an injunction banning roadblocks at various entry points for Teal-Jones’ Tree Farm Licence 46 near Port Renfrew, there is no ban on demonstrations beside Highway 14 where it passes through the district of Sooke.
ADDENDUM: For background on the hotly debated matter, please see this excellent article by the Capital Daily, an independent news source: Divide-and-conquer, old growth, and hereditary leadership: inside the Indigenous takes on the Fairy Creek blockades: Pacheedaht First Nation expresses disapproval for Fairy Creek blockades—while Elder Bill Jones continues to support them -SPN